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Fighting Back: New Media and Military Operations
 
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Lorie Jewell, Multinational Force Iraq photographer, helps an Iraqi boy practice his English phone etiquette in the Sadr City district of Baghdad, Iraq, June 4, 2008. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Cohen A. Young)  

 

FIGHTING BACK:
NEW MEDIA AND MILITARY OPERATIONS

Professor Dennis Murphy

November 2008

The views expressed in the document are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the the U.S. Army War College, the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

 

SUMMARY

Insurgent use of information as an asymmetric strategic means has been extremely effective. If the United States military hopes to fight and win in a future information environment it must fully understand both the opportunities and challenges of that environment. This review of "new media" capabilities and their use reveals a requirement for a significant cultural shift within the military, while recognizing that current military planning processes remain valid.

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